Mexico: A Vibrant Community Center
The Entreamigos community center was founded in 2006 in the heart of San Pancho, Mexico. What started as teaching arts and crafts on a picnic table in a neighborhood front yard has grown into a vibrant center dedicated to education, environmentalism, youth and their families. The home to most of their programming is a remodeled 16,000 square foot warehouse considered a model in sustainability, designed using majority recycled materials.
In addition to their many community programs, Entreamigos operates both retail and resale shops that support meaningful portions of their operations while providing jobs and skills to local entrepreneurs.
Spark Ventures, provides funding and strategic support to Entreamigos’ Women’s Entrepreneur group, which empowers women of the lowest socio-economic level. These women meet regularly and produce products from recycled goods that are sold in Entreamigos’ gallery. The women are paid for their products and also gain valuable business skills.
Spark Ventures also supports the “Jungle Group” – an after school program for children grades 2-6 who are behaviorally and academically challenged, providing diverse educational initiatives, tutoring, mentoring and more.
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